There are many different ways to speak about the future in English. You can find all of them in the previous posts on future tenses at Will or be going to or at Be going to post. In this post I would like to explain and teach the usage of WILL for speaking about the future. You are going to find a mind map, a story about WILL and several interactive exercises here. I hope you will find this post useful.
Will for the future – mind map[/su_heading][su_spacer] First study the form of WILL in the following mind map:
Once you present the form of the verb WILL it is time to explain the usage. I prefer using stories when explaining the grammar. I do it this way because stories are more memorable than just a simple explanation. You can create your own story or you can use mine. If you are afraid that your students´ English is not good enough you can tell the story in their Mother tongue.[su_spacer][su_heading]
The story about WILL[/su_heading][su_spacer] Ever since Will was born he was strange.
He looked like a normal boy but he wasn’t. He irritated people with his behaviour. He simply talked too much
For example when he was at school he always wanted to help other people. But while other children helped without any words WILL always spoke.
“I, Will, help you, sir,” he shouted when he saw the teacher carrying a lot of things.
“I, Will, clean the board,” he jumped up another time.
Of course, his friends did not like it and soon they started to say ironically.
“I will do it.” or “She will do it.”
As I say, Will talked too much. And he liked talking about his opinions.
“I think …” were his favourite words. And as children did not like him they soon parroted.
“He thinks it WILL rain.” “I think I WILL earn a lot of money.“
And one day another strange thing happened. Will’s eyes went big and he started to predict the future.
“There be people on the Moon. We fly to Mars.”
But children did not believe him and they laughed even more.
“There WILL BE people on the Moon. We WILL fly to Mars,” they screamed all over the school.
Nowadays no one remembers Will or his behaviour at school but ever since people still say “I will do it,” when they decide at the moment of speaking to help anyone.
We still say “I think she will fail.” when we express our opinions about the future.
And when we predict something we say “People will not use tablets in 10 years time.”
No one remembers the nerd WILL but his name is there in the sentences.[su_spacer][su_heading]
WILL for the future – practice[/su_heading][su_spacer]
You can watch a bit different video explanation the usage of the will form here:
Once you think your students understand the grammar you can try the following quiz:
[su_spacer] [su_button url=”http://www.englishlearningmagazine.com/obsah/will_presentation/Will quiz (Web)/index.html” target=”blank” size=”5″]WILL – full screen quiz
WILL for the future – leave a comment and learn[/su_heading][su_spacer]
WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE YEAR 2015.
Write your opinions into the comments and I will correct them and inform you about your grammar.[su_spacer][su_heading]
WILL for the future – share[/su_heading][su_spacer]
If you do not have the internet connection in the classroom you can download the quiz and presentation here. Moreover, you can place these at your blog or website 🙂
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In English there are many ways to speak about future and at the same time there are many grammarians who claim that there is nothing like a future tense in English. I do not want to discuss this issue here, I would only like to present two ways of speaking about future.
[showmyads] First I will introduce the basic system of future tenses in English according to the speaker’s certainty. The tenses presented at the bottom of the pyramid are the least certain to happen. The tenses at the top of the pyramid are the most certain.
MAY/MIGHT and WILL – mind map[/su_heading] First study the following mind map. Notice that MAY/MIGHT does not make questions about the future. Moreover, there do not exist any short forms of the negatives of MIGHT and MAY (no mayn’t or mightn’t.)[su_spacer]
MAY/MIGHT and WILL – GAMES[/su_heading] Once you have studied the mind maps and the explanations above, it is time to practise all you have learnt in several games. The first game is called On Target and your task is to choose which word best suits into each gap. If you answer correctly you will be given a chance to shoot the bad ducks. You can shoot a bottle too and get a bonus.
[su_spacer] [su_lightbox src=”https://engames.eu/future/will_might on target.swf”][su_button] Will and Might – On Target [/su_button][/su_lightbox] [su_spacer] In the second game you should choose the correct form again and score a basket. Good luck.
[su_spacer] [su_lightbox src=”https://engames.eu/future/will_might hoopshoot.swf”][su_button] Will and Might – Hoop shoot[/su_button][/su_lightbox] [su_spacer]